Little League 10s, 11s fall in state semis

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Undefeated sanctioned runs end in Prestonsburg

By Bobby Brockman

Campbellsville’s two Little League State Tournament teams were eliminated in the single-elimination round on Thursday in Prestonsburg.
The 10-year-olds fell to North Oldham 13-5 while the 11s lost to Franklin-Simpson 4-1.
Campbellsville 10s got three hits from Nicholas Knifley, who pitched the final four innings, a single and home run from Dawson Cole and two singles by Noah Hughes, who tossed the first two frames. However, it was not enough for Campbellsville to advance to the title tilt. John Orberson, Hunter Maupin, Blake Allen, Arren Hash and K.J. Kearney added singles.
In the 11-year-old game, Campbellsville led in the first on singles by Ryan Kearney and Chanson Atkinson and Kearney scored after a stolen base and throwing error.
Franklin-Simpson had all four of their hits in the second inning.
Kearney and Atkinson added third-inning singles for Campbellsville, who got four innings of pitching from Lane Bottoms and two by D.J. Goodin.
Campbellsville scored two runs in the sixth inning to win its last pool game 7-6 over Lexington Eastern on Wednesday.
With two outs in the third, Jackson Hinton reached on error before Kearney and Atkinson singled and Bottoms had a three-run triple on his birthday.
In the fourth, Wyatt Houk and Treyce Mattingly walked before Hinton and Kearney knocked in runs with a ground-out and single.
In the sixth, Goodin and Griffin Hall singled, Grant McQueary reached on error and Hinton walked to tie the game. Kearney’s RBI single was the game-winner.
Kearney pitched the first 4 1/3 innings with Tate Morris getting the win by recording the final five outs.
In post-season play, Kearney led the 11s with a .534 average while Bottoms hit .455 and Atkinson .415. In state tourney action, Kearney hit .600 and Atkinson .538.